The Sun's 2013 Girls Soccer Players of the Year
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 9:20 p.m.
CASEY TROIANO, GAINESVILLE
The 5-foot-6 forward led the Hurricanes with a career-high 19 goals and four assists in her junior season. A Sun All-Area selection in both her freshman and sophomore seasons, Troiano averaged more than a point per game this year and helped lead Gainesville to its first city title under coach Chrissy Roddy. With Troiano netting multiple goals in six games this season, the Hurricanes posted an unblemished record against city opponents, including wins against Eastside, Buchholz, Oak Hall, P.K. Yonge and St. Francis Catholic. While Gainesville ultimately finished one game shy of a state tournament berth in District 4-4A, Troiano said her team's chemistry was the best she's seen in her career, especially between the midfielders and forwards.
“She's a very skilled player, a very talented player. You can tell by her statistics,” Roddy said. “Even more to me, as a coach, is her leadership this year. It was very important. She was the captain on the team this year.”
In the offseason, Troiano travels twice a week to Jacksonville to play for the Westside Soccer Club. One of three area players involved with the club, Troiano is a member of the U17 team, which is currently tied for second in its group at the 2013 Florida State Cup.
“I know it's a long-shot, but we all on our team have this joke that we're going to try our hardest to get to state this year. And I think that if we work our hardest, we can accomplish that, because we have a bunch of talent on our team.” — Casey Troiano
MADISON COLAW, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS
In her junior season, Colaw paced a potent Indians attack with an area-leading 36 goals and 17 assists. Behind Colaw's prolific scoring at forward, Keystone Heights advanced to the regional semifinals for the first time in four years before losing to eventual Class 2A champion Ocala Trinity Catholic. Colaw paced the Indians to their first District 5-2A title and playoff win since 2009 with four goals and three assists in three postseason games. A member of the Sun's All-Area first team last year, Colaw has posted consecutive seasons with at least 30 goals scored.
“(Winning districts has) always been a goal for us,” Colaw said. “Every year we try to shoot for that and then shoot for something higher than that, like a regional final win. So it definitely feels really good.”
While Colaw is finishing her third year of high school, this season was actually her fifth at the varsity level. Colaw has played on the top squad at Keystone Heights since her seventh-grade year. She also plays soccer in the offseason and travels to Fleming Island three to four times per week, along with two of her younger Indians teammates, to practice with the Clay County Soccer Club.
“It may sound cliche, but overall, I'd like to thank God. He gave me the ability, and he blessed me with the family who push me and also great coaches, great trainers — a great team. We had a great season.” — Madison Colaw